By Gregor Brown in Al Khor, Qatar
Giorgia Bronzini confirmed her form in the Tour of Qatar this week ahead of next month's Track World Championships. The Team Italy rider won stages one and three of the first ever Middle East stage race for professional women.
"It's an honour to win in the first [women's] race in the Middle East. I hope I can return next year and with the same form," said Bronzini Tuesday.
Bronzini's preparation this winter for the World Championships meant that she is closer to top form than her competitors in the Ladies' Tour of Qatar. She won the opening stage and took the leader's jersey on Sunday. She confirmed her speed again Tuesday with a second stage win.
"The two stage wins confirms the form I have ahead of the points race at the world championships," she said to Cyclingnews. She finished second overall, four seconds behind Kirsten Wild (Cervélo).
Bronzini, from Piacenza, got her start on two wheels at the age of ten. She took her first win two years later. "A friend of my dad gave me a bicycle to try. I won my first race in a mixed race with boys, and I won five other races that year!"
Bronzini will line up in the Copenhagen Track World Cup, February 13 to 15, prior to Worlds. The World Championships will be in Poland, March 25 to 29.